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October 31, 2016

In Snatched Infant Case, HSLDA Files Appeal

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Parents whose newborn was stripped from them because of a social worker investigator and hospital workers may still get their day in court.

Darren Jones DARREN JONES
Litigation attorney

Although a federal court recently ruled against the parents, Scott and Jodi Ferris, without granting them a trial, HSLDA has appealed the decision, as we feel it ignored important ways that the defendants violated the parents’ constitutional rights.

As HSLDA has previously reported, Scott and Jodi’s newborn daughter  was seized from her parents’ custody in June 2010 at the instigation of several doctors and an investigating social worker. The very next day, a judge ordered the baby to be returned to her parents.

In March 2012, HSLDA filed a complaint in federal court against the doctors and social worker, claiming that they had violated Scott and Jodi’s Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. A significant amount of litigation has been continuing since that time.

Last spring, the defendants asked the court to rule on the case without holding a trial. Although HSLDA opposed their motion, the judge granted judgment in the defendants’ favor on September 29, 2016.

But we’re not giving up. HSLDA believes that Scott and Jodi deserve their day in court, and so on October 20, we appealed the case to the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals. We plan to show the Third Circuit important issues that the lower court missed in its analysis.

This case has been going on for more than four years now. Thank you for standing with us all this time, because your membership and donations help us fight for justice on behalf of the Ferris family and others.